About Sprowston Youth Engagement Project
SYEP is a community supported Norwich youth group based in Sprowston and was the brainchild of PCSO Kane Casburn of Sprowston police station, Norfolk Constabulary and Clare Lincoln of the Matthew Project’s Voicebox service, which began operating at Sprowston recreation ground three years ago.
The Voicebox project which was in operation since 1989 providing a safe, warm, welcoming place for young people to talk informally with skilled workers about drugs, alcohol and other issues important to them, has now closed and has been replaced with SYEP Teen Café.
The youth group formally opened its doors at its new home on 23rd October 2012 following collaboration between bodies including the Matthew Project (providing a drug and alcohol service for young people under the age of 18), Norfolk Constabulary, Momentum, Sprowston Town Council and the Anglican Church.
Address: Sprowston Teen Cafe, The Annexe (behind St Cuthbert’s Church),Wroxham Road, Sprowston, Norwich, NR7 8TZ. We also run a group in Old Catton.
SYEP offers a teen drop in style café for teenagers living in and around the Sprowston area where young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old can socialise with friends, meet new friends, learn new skills and get advice and support or be referred onto services, with a particular emphasis on drug and alcohol issues, sexual health, mental health and emotional well being.
Why we need a youth group in Sprowston?
“Over the course of the year, it has enabled me to build up a relationship with the youth. Not just being able to talk to them directly about any of the issues that they’ve got, but also on a first name basis. It has built up a much more positive relationship. I’ve noticed that I get a lot less calls about antisocial behaviour.” PCSO Kane Casburn
The youth group forms part of the focus groups for Broadland District Council and The Broadland Youth Advisory Board (YAB), whose key purpose is to maintain a strategic overview of local youth provision across the district area based on the needs of young people aged 11-25.
The youth project has grown from strength to strength and is always expending with exciting new projects and things to get involved in. Here’s what we do each week at the moment!
Monday – Community Greenhouse Project
Tuesday – Sprowston Teen Café & SYEP Football Training
Thursday – Old Catton Teen Cafe
Friday – Community Ambassadors volunteering group
Saturdays – SYEP FC football match when scheduled
We also provide a one to one service. Young people can meet our youth workers at a location which suits them to talk about any thing which is happening in their personal lives as well as getting that additional support. To discuss starting to access the one to one programme, please email Clare Lincoln. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
What the Young People say…
“I come here because there is awesome music and lots to do”
“I get to meet up with Friends”
“The workers are wicked and friendly”
“I enjoy coming here because everyone is friendly and welcoming. We always have fun”
“I like coming here because everyone is so lovely and it makes my Tuesday 100% better”
What our volunteers say:
“Happy Friendly young people, I love coming”
“Coming to the group keeps me feeling young”